Category Archives: Psychology

The brain, the mind and how we behave

The Decline of Violence: A Long View

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined -  Steven Pinker   History; Psychology; Cultural Development
  • The world is getting more violent!” …….WRONG. It has become less violent.
  • “The Twentieth Century was the most violent century in history!….NO! There have been worse.
  • “Our societies are falling apart!” Nobody can predict the future, but I suspect that every generation has thought both that things were better in the past and the peace that we all wish for has always been elusive.
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Brain Plasticity – tricking the brain to heal the body

The Brain's Way of Healing: stories of remarkable recoveries and discoveries -  Norman Doidge   The Brain, Neuropsychology, Medicine,

Neurons that fire together, wire together – those that fire apart, wire apart” is the formula Doidge  uses to describe how brain plasticity works. It seems that the physical relationship between the senses and the brain is not something that is fixed from birth, but it is instead something that follows pathways that electrochemically interact and change the physicality of the brain-body relationship.

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The Two-Track Brain – Rationality and Bias

Thinking Fast and Slow -  Daniel Kahneman   Decision Making, Finance, Medicine, Political Economy

A simple maths problem: If a bat and a ball cost $1.10 and the bat is $1.00 more expensive than the ball, how much does the ball cost? Half a Harvard class got the wrong answer in a written test!!!

Economics Nobel Prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman argues that we have two systems of thinking. System-1 is intuitive and fast while System-2 is logical, slow and lazy.

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Culture and Intelligence

Culture and Intelligence -  Richard Nisbett   Culture, Intelligence

Recorded on 12 April 2016 at LSE

Are humans getting smarter? Are some groups smarter than others? Are some groups getting smarter faster than others? What are the possibilities for increasing the rate of growth of human intelligence? Hint: Science, mathematics, logic and philosophy have generated concepts in the past 150 years of great power which have yet to escape into the reasoning toolkits of laypeople.

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